The Cutting Edge
A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Book #14)
written by Jeffery Deaver
Hardcover, 448 pages
Grand Central Publishing
April 10, 2018
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City to confront a killer terrorizing couples at their happiest--and most vulnerable.
In the early hours of a quiet, weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems, but engaged couples themselves.
The Promisor vows to take the lives of men and women during their most precious moments--midway through the purchase of an engagement ring, after a meeting with a wedding planner, trying on the perfect gown for a day that will never come. The Promisor arrives silently, armed with knife or gun, and a time of bliss is transformed, in an instant, to one of horror.
Soon the Promiser makes a dangerous mistake: leaving behind an innocent witness, Vimal Lahori, a talented young diamond cutter, who can help Rhyme and Sachs blow the lid off the case. They must track down Vimal before the killer can correct his fatal error. Then disaster strikes, threatening to tear apart the very fabric of the city--and providing the perfect cover for the killer to slip through the cracks.
The police want The Promisor caught quickly and as quietly as possible. Three murders and a wounded eyewitness on the run, in Manhattan's Diamond District. Tortured victims and millions of dollars worth of jewelry left untouched. Obviously, robbery is not what motivates The Promisor.
(Jeffery Deaver knows how to get a reader's attention.)
As If chasing this elusive killer and trying to find the missing witness wasn't enough, Deaver throws in a few subplots for our enjoyment. Multiple earthquakes in Brooklyn have resulted in gas leaks and explosions, sadly claiming the lives of several citizens. These rare occurrences are centered around an active geothermal drilling site and protestors are quick to blame them. Is it a coincidence? Of course not, this is a Lincoln Rhyme story.
Now while getting to the bottom of these earthquakes and chasing a remorseless killer, Rhyme somehow has time to get involved in yet another case. This time he seems to be switching sides. At least that's the way the dirtbag prosecutors see it. Rhyme and Ron Pulaski begin digging into the prosecution of a Mexican drug lord who claims the evidence in his case has been tampered with and fabricated. We can always count on Rhyme to follow the evidence and present the truth. Even if that means exonerating a criminal and pursuing a case against federal prosecutors. Pulaski and Rhyme have put themselves in jeopardy simply by "looking into the case." Although operating on a genius level, Rhyme is quite slow on the uptake this time. Maybe it's his sense of service - I don't know. He just did not see what kind of people these prosecutors really were.
In 1997 I read The Bone Collector and I was hooked! Over the years some books have been great, while others...well, not great. Still good - just not great. The Cutting Edge is the 14th book in the Lincoln Rhyme series and it is a solid, good read. The main story and multiple subplots are interesting, exciting, and feature plenty of classic Deaver style writing. The short, crisp chapters make for a fast read. Until you get to the detailed, I mean detailed information on diamond mining. It gets tedious, almost mind-numbingly so at certain points and a good 50 pages read like stuffing...just to make the book longer. But the story is worth the effort, stick with it. There's a lot going on in the Cutting Edge and Deaver weaves everything up in a cliff-hanger style ending. . .leaving just enough string to keep us hanging until the next chapter in the Lincoln Rhyme saga. I can't wait!
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The Lincoln Rhyme Series:The Bone Collector (1997)
The Coffin Dancer (1998)
The Empty Chair (2000)
The Stone Monkey (2002)
The Vanished Man (2003)
The Twelfth Card (2005)
The Cold Moon (2006)
The Broken Window (2008)
The Burning Wire (2010)
XO (2012) small appearance
The Kill Room (2013)
The Skin Collector (2014)
The Steel Kiss (2016)
The Burial Hour (2017)